Picks and Pans Review: Legend

updated 04/17/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/17/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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One of the tragedies going into this TV season was the cancellation of Fox's The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. It wasn't often you could find a western science-fiction, action-adventure comedy on television. Brisco may be long gone, but judging by this new series, it certainly hasn't been forgotten.

Also set in the Old West and relying on comedy and special effects instead of tough talk and gunplay, Legend features MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson as down-on-his-luck novelist Ernest Pratt, whose books chronicle the exploits of a fictional cowboy hero, Nicodemus Legend. With the assistance of an eccentric scientist (Star Trek: The Next Generation's John de Lancie), Pratt reluctantly assumes Legend's identity to fight the bad guys every week. Anderson gives the character an irresistible goofy charm, and it's nice to see a western that doesn't take the genre too seriously.

(David Hiltbrand is on vacation.)

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